Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Stampotique Stamps

The  Stampotique stamps have arrived! (Okay... actually they've been here a little while.) I keep looking at them and thinking about what I'd like to create next, but have lacked the time so far. School activities, birthdays, and holiday get togethers have filled the majority of my evenings and weekends. Secretly, I'm dreaming of a blizzard and days trapped at home! It is quite unlikely that will happen as our area rarely gets snow, but I can always dream, right?

Stamps from L-R are AngelKassa's Bloom,  and Tree
The Angel stamp was used in an earlier project for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, In a Dark, Dark Forest. 


Totally random and not related to this post at all....

I made the BEST no bake cookies last night. Not only are they super easy, but they are delicious. The recipe is for No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies from Angela Gliddon's blog, Oh She Glows. I would have shared some pictures, but the cookies weren't around long enough to photograph!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Hustle 5K/10K Run

The last week in November and first week in December have proven to be quite busy! While I was hoping to do a little art each day, that hasn't been a reality...even though I will still keep making the effort!

In the meantime, I've been working hard to add running mileage. Over the past couple months, I've been working on stretching, strengthening, balance, and all kinds of other things to overcome plantar fasciitis. In addition, I've run less and been biking and aqua jogging instead. It's taken a little time, but I've slowly added in mileage and feel like I'm more solidly on the road to recovery. (If you've had issues with PF, I've added some resources at the bottom of the page that might be helpful to you.)

This past Saturday was The Holiday Hustle 5K/10K run. It's a fantastic event that has something for the entire family. There's a 5K, 10K, and kids' dash, cool tech shirts, gift cards for age group winners, prize money for the super fast folks, and a pancake breakfast afterwards with awesome Christmas music! It's a well run event and definitely one of my favorites.

Saturday morning we woke up to a misty, cloudy day with very cool temperatures. It sounds miserable, but it was actually perfect running weather! Roger ran very well and set a new personal record, 17:54! This put him first in his age group. Way to go, Rog! Surprisingly, I also earned first in my age group, and we both went home with $20 gift cards from a local running store! (Time to go shopping!)

Running a new PR....17:54!

It was great seeing friends that were running the 10K!  
It feels amazing to be back to running more each week. I've really missed it. I'm looking forward to future races and upcoming half marathons! Let the training begin!

If you are struggling with plantar fasciitis, I've linked a few things that might be helpful. I've used a little of everything over the last several months. One thing that also was extremely beneficial was seeing a doctor that did soft tissue work on my foot. 


*******Stampotique Stamps have arrived and I will be making something with them soon!*******